Press Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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14-Jan-2021 00:21:09
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is appointing Bintou Keita of Guinea as his Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will head up the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission better known as MONUSCO.

The UN Development Coordination Office said we have three new UN Resident Coordinators - in Benin, Egypt and Nepal. The Secretary-General has appointed Salvator Niyonzima of Burundi to serve in Benin; Elena Panova of Bulgaria will lead the UN team in Egypt; and Sara Beysolow Nyanti of Liberia will head the UN office in Nepal.

In a statement we issued last night, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday's attack by unidentified armed combatants against a UN convoy in the Timbuktu region of Mali. This morning, a fourth Ivorian peacekeeper has died from his injuries overnight in Bamako.

Following yesterday’s attacks by armed combatants near the capital, Bangui, that left one UN peacekeeper killed and another injured, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic has conducted additional operations on the outskirts of Bangui in coordination with national defense and security forces.

Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, told Security Council members that the most urgent priority in Yemen right now is to prevent a massive famine, with the data showing that 16 million people will go hungry this year.

Regarding Libya, the Advisory Committee for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum continued its deliberations in Geneva for the second day.

The Secretary-General congratulates the Tunisian people and their leaders on the tenth anniversary of the January 14th revolution. In the years since, Tunisia has achieved significant progress in consolidating democracy and promoting socio-economic development.

The High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said today he continues to be extremely troubled by the plight of civilians, particularly Eritrean refugees.

In a new report released today by the UN Environment Programme, they warn that if countries don’t step up their actions to adapt to the new climate reality, they will face serious costs and damages and losses.

The President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, will be holding his press conference at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. At noon I will be joined by guests from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. John Wilmoth, the Director of the Population Division and also Clare Menozzi, Population Affairs Officer will join us virtually. They will discuss the release of the International Migration 2020 Highlights report.

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